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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC3612 Digital Media Engineering

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr. Taisir Elgorahi

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2020-21. In particular, if conditions allow for alternative formats of delivery, we may amend the timetable and schedule appropriate classes in addition to (or in place of) the Online Learning Workshops. For Semester 2 (from January 2021), we anticipate that this will be most likely, in which case online teaching will be substituted for traditional face-to-face teaching methods, including lectures and practical classes. ‘Independent online learning’ will involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or remote/virtual laboratory work, etc. Students will be expected to fully engage with all of these activities. The time commitment for independent online learning, and also the frequency and duration of Online Learning Workshops, are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.


To provide students with a knowledge and understanding of modern digital formats for audio and video. Students will learn how modern technology is employed for the processing of digital signals and how content is broadcast or distributed securely using broadband networks.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of the compression and distribution of digital audio and video.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of dfigital television, in particular the DVB-T system.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Image and video formats, transmission, compression and display
Digital Distribution and Broadcasting
Video/audio compression and distribution formats, in particular JPEG and MPEG
The importance of formats in modern digital media
The DVB-T system
COFDM as used by DVB-T- Issues of signal corruption, including the path from transmitter to receiver and the amelioraton of this corruption
Outline of error correction as used by DVB-T

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning42.008.00
Independent online learning hours32.00
Private study hours60.00
Total Contact hours8.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate the material covered in lectures, to undertake preparatory work for laboratory classes and to prepare for summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students' learning will be monitored through their progress in the computer-based digital media mini-project

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 135.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 235.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 330.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

.Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 24/02/2021 16:36:22


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